DENVER, CO - JANUARY 08: Eddie Royal #19 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with his teammate Russ Hochstein #71 after catching a touchdown pass in the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Having offensive line depth is never a bad thing, as we know how often those players get injured and how important of a position it is. The Arizona Cardinals recently cut undrafted free agent guard Blake DeChristopher from the roster, opening up a spot for another player to join the team.
The team already signed veteran Adam Snyder to come in and start at right guard and they have a couple of other vets like D'Anthony Batiste to fill in if needed, but they felt more insurance was necessary. That is why the team signed Russ Hochstein, a 12 year NFL veteran.
Here is the press release from the team regarding Hochstein, via SB Nation Arizona:
Tempe, AZ - The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that the team has signed guard RUSS HOCHSTEIN (HOKE‐stine). In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Hochstein (6-4, 305) is entering his 12th season in the NFL after playing with the Denver Broncos (2009-11), New England Patriots (2002-08) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2001-02). He played the past three seasons with the Broncos including in 2011 when he appeared in 15 regular season games and started both postseason contests at right guard.
He originally entered the league with Tampa Bay as a fifth round selection (151st overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft out of Nebraska. For his career, he has appeared in 138 regular season games with 36 starts and 15 postseason contests with six starts. During his career, he has made starts at center, guard, tight end and fullback. He also owns two Super Bowl rings as a member of the Patriots during the 2003-04 seasons.
Hochstein will wear jersey #65.
As I said, having a plentiful amount of offensive linemen is never a bad thing. Hochstein can play at the guard position or at center, in case Lyle Sendlein is unable to for whatever reason. You can see the versatility he brings, as he has even made starts at the tight end and fullback positions for teams in the past.
Hochstein brings experience, depth, veteran leadership and a winning attitude with him. It will be good to see him soon up at Cardinals training camp in Flagstaff.